Saturday, January 21, 2006

One way for Davenport to balance the budget

Apparently we need a miniature train.

Niabi train nearing its last tour -QCOnline (Look quick, their articles don't stay free)

According to the article, Niabi Zoo's miniature railroad took in $157,122 in 2005 alone. The article states that they are looking into to buying a new locomotive, because theirs is starting to show its age. It seems a brand new miniature locomotive costs about $130,000.

So, throw some miniature tracks down snaking through Vander Veer, Duck Creek Park, along the riverfront, or 14th and Gaines if you want more of a thrill ride, and charge $1.50 a ticket like Niabi does. The locomotive will be paid off in a year, and from then on we're raking in money like robber barons.

Clearly I'm in the wrong business.


At 1/21/2006 8:33 AM, Anonymous Pancake Lady said...

Uhh...I think there might be a little more to it than you state. Your attemps at sarcasm (at least I hope it is sarcasm)are on the verge of losing any sort of edge that these local blog spots bring to a very few thinking people who truely care about what is going on around them.

At 1/21/2006 8:41 AM, Blogger QuadCityImages said...

Mostly I was just shocked that the train is such a profitable venture for the zoo.

At 1/22/2006 10:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The comment about 14th adn Gaines was stupid. If you think you are helping, you are not. The area needs serious attention. Instead of making fun of it, why don't you contact your local officials like we have and try and push for help.

At 1/22/2006 4:52 PM, Blogger QuadCityImages said...

Do you think they don't know about it?

At 1/24/2006 12:06 AM, Blogger sensible sally said...

whoa... time to calm down. Although i do enjoy observing the "thinking people". Maybe its time for them to exercise their power of choice and stop participating in an activity which is obviously beneath them

At 1/24/2006 12:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'r rather see a real train that ran between Davenport and Muscatine.

At 5/29/2006 9:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, 14th and Gaines could be quite a thrill ride. Will you be assulted by the hoodlums, or bitched at by Pat Yeggy?


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